RECRUITING TIMELINE ***This sheet is guideline for the prospective college baseball player. The process starts from Day 1! If you want to be a college baseball player, you must have the grades to get in college (the better they are, the more money you will receive), and you MUST work all through high school to become a player with the tools to play at the next level. If you have any questions, ask Coach Meadows. He will always be honest with you! Freshman (9th grade) August Settle into the high school environment get to work developing good classroom and home study habits Learn to manage your time September Learn proper baseball work habits; develop a strong work ethic Play fall baseball games as well as work to develop your skills throughout the week Learn the high school game speed and competition levels November Access your academic standings and strategies after the first half of the semester; make any need adjustments for success in the classroom Plan your winter baseball schedule November - January Participate in winter work-outs / get ready high school team try-outs This is critical arm develop and preparation time! Keep working hard on those grades February - May/June High school season May - July/August Summer league Play the best and most competitive baseball that is available to you. Best teams, best tournaments, against the best the competition possible Start a weight training program Attend a college baseball program's "week long" camp if possible RECRUITING TIMELINE Sophomore (10th grade) Continue to "hit the books" hard. Your grades this year count as much as any other year. Make sure that you are in at least one Physical Fitness class this year; TWO is better, one for each semester! Follow the same off - season schedule as last year, except increase intensity and frequency of training! Meet with your high school guidance counselor -- tell him/her of your desire to play college baseball ... you want to be "on track" with the required core courses, as well as other needs, such as foreign languages. Follow the same spring and summer schedule as last year. Tryout for NC Region I State Games team if nominated by Coach Meadows Play as many summer baseball games as possible ... the more you play the more experience that you will get .. and the more you should improve. Continue to weight train over the summer Junior (11th grade) September Prepare to have a great junior year; this is the most important year that colleges look at in the classroom and on the field! Send out contact letters to colleges in which you are interested– ask Coach Meadows for help. Be realistic. We will create a player profile sheet for you if you have prospect ability. SEPTEMBER 1 Written contact by college coaches is allowed Register with the NCAA Initial - Eligibility Clearinghouse (guidance counselor will have these forms) Register for the fall ACT / SAT standardized tests ... most students take these tests at least twice ... try to avoid the spring dates, as they may conflict with your high school season. Request that your ACT/SAT test scores be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse (there is a box on the application form that you check for this). Continue the fall and winter schedule as you did for your freshman and sophomore years; it becomes more important every year! Also, your leadership skills will start to show here. You’re now a leader of our high school program, something college coaches ask about. Attend a high-level baseball fall showcase DO NOT LET UP ON ACADEMICS!!! Know NCAA admission / eligibility requirements NCAA Online or check with a NPHS guidance counselor RECRUITING TIMELINE Feb -March March 1---this is the first day that a college can make contact with you. They may make one contact with player (text, phone call, etc.) The player may contact them as much as they would like. If the player is one campus, they may talk to them as much as they would like. Tryout for NC Region I State Games team if nominated by Coach Meadows Send out your spring high school schedule – or contact Coach Meadows and I’ll do it Plan visits to as many schools as possible this spring and summer Some schools have "Junior Days" during the spring season ... ask about them! All of these visits are "unofficial" this means that the college can not pay for any part of the visit. Summer Send out letters to college programs – Coach Meadows will help Player make contact with desired schools Focus this summer should be on attending "Select or Advanced" College Camps The summer between a player's junior and senior year of high school is very important JULY 1st Phone/Text contact from college coaches is permissible---one per week now allowed from coaches Senior (12th grade) July - August DO NOT LET UP ACADEMICALLY Review core academic requirements with your guidance counselor. Make sure you are "on track" Send out your fall baseball schedule – Coach Meadows will help Check early National Letter of Intent period – usually the 2nd week of November Request information on Christmas camps ... especially from schools that you are most interested in November Early signing period -- dates vary slightly from year to year Continue your fall and winter schedule as you have in previous years Official Visits If you are offered an official visit -- prepare for your visit with a list of prepared questions. Be prepared for any questions the college may have for you. ***REMEMBER, THIS TIMELINE IS JUST A SUGGESTION. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO PREPARE YOURSELF AND EXPOSE YOURSELF IN ORDER TO PLAY COLLEGE BASEBALL. HOWEVER, NO WAY IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT COUNTLESS HOURS OF HARD WORK!